Special Report: Iran Nuclear Crisis
TEHRAN, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Iran, the world's fourth
largest oil exporter, has completely stopped selling its oil in U.S. dollars,
the ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.
"In line with the policy of selling crude oil in
non-dollar currencies, currently selling our country's oil in U.S. dollars has
been completely stopped," Iran's Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari was quoted
"The dollar is an unreliable currency in regards to
its devaluation and the loss oil exporters have endured from this trend," he
"This is why Iran proposed to OPEC members that a
currency (for selling oil) would be determined that would be reliable and would
not cause any loss to exporter countries," Nozari said. He was referring to the
November summit of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in
Saudi Arabia in which Iran proposed that it is necessary to replace the U.S.
dollar with other major hard currencies in oil trading.
Over the past months, Iran has massively reduced its
dependence on the U.S. dollar in a bid to counter the United States' pressures
on its financial system over Tehran's disputed nuclear program.
U.S. demands Iran provide information
about missing former FBI agent
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- The United States demanded
on Thursday that Iran share any possible information about former FBI agent
Robert Levinson who allegedly went missing in a business trip to the southern
Iranian island of Kish in March.
Speaking to reporters, State Department deputy
spokesman Tom Casey said that Iran had conducted an investigation about Levinson
but not shared any findings with Washington or with the Levinson family. Full story
Ahmadinejad calls U.S. intelligence
report a "victory" for Iran's nuke program
TEHRAN, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that the recently-released U.S. intelligence
report was a "great victory" for Tehran's nuclear program, the state television
"Over our nuclear program, this is a great victory
for the Iranian people against the great powers," Ahmadinejad was quoted as
telling thousands of people in the Western Ilam province. Full story
Report: Iran ceases nuke work in
A view of the underground uranium
enrichment plant at Natanz, Iran , is seen in this DigitalGlobe satellite
image released with notations by the Institute for Science and
International Security (ISIS) on April 16, 2006. (Xinhua/AFP)
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Iran halted work toward a nuclear
weapon in 2003 and is unlikely to be able to produce enough enriched uranium for
a bomb until 2010 to 2015, according to a new U.S. intelligence report.
A declassified summary of the latest National
Intelligence Estimate that came out Monday, found with "high confidence" that
the Iran stopped an effort to develop nuclear weapons in the fall of 2003. Full story
Iran welcomes U.S.
BEIJING, Dec. 6 -- Iran has declared victory over the
United States after the release of a U.S. intelligence report, which says Iran
halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 due to international scrutiny and
But, US President George W. Bush said the report was
a warning signal and insisted Iran's nuclear program remains a threat. Full story
Bush insists Iran's nuclear program
U.S. President George W. Bush listens to
questions during a news conference at the White House in Washington, Dec.
4, 2007. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President George W.
Bush insisted Tuesday that Iran remained a danger and military options were
still on the table one day after a U.S. intelligence report said Tehran halted
its nuclear weapons program in 2003.
"The best diplomacy, effective diplomacy, is one in
which all options are on the table," Bush said at a White House news conference.
Iran says abandoning nuclear
Iran's nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili
speaks at a news conference at the Iranian Embassy in London Nov. 30,
2007. He said on Friday that it was "unacceptable" for Iran to give
up its right for nuclear enrichment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
LONDON, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Iran's chief nuclear
negotiator Saeed Jalili said here on Friday that it was "unacceptable" for Iran
to give up its right for nuclear enrichment.
"Iran is a member of the NPT (Nonproliferation
Treaty), which means it has the right to enrich uranium," Jalili told reporter
after five hours of talks with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana
in London. Full story